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How to Choose A Camping Lantern

When you go camping you will need a camping lantern , camping stove and a camping cot as well as a flash light. All campers will need some type of lantern gas, battery, or candle. Each one has there pros and cons.

Gas lanterns give off bright light but are noisy and will be the most expensive of all lanterns to operate. You will have to pack extra propane bottles The older liquid gas lanterns give off just as much light but you will have to refill the tank with liquid gas and this can be messy as well as dangerous if you are not careful. Both types of lanterns use mantels so be sure to carry extras.

Battery lanterns give of plenty of light but however you will need to have spare batteries or if it is a rechargeable style you will need some way to recharge it. The rechargeable lanterns do not last as long as a battery type of lantern and the lighting tends to be a bit duller. The rechargeable lanterns can be recharged with you car by plugging into the cigarette lighter on some models.

Candles will are the most cost effective but you have to be very careful not to start a fire with them. They also do not through a very strong light and they are subject to going out in a breeze.

To find out which will work for you here are a few tips.

  • Room available: How much room is available to carry the lantern.
  • How much light do you really need.
  • Choose the same lantern as your stove: If you decide on using a gas lantern, select a gas lantern that uses the same kind of gas as your stove. There are a number of different types of fuel available, including propane, butane, dual fuel, and kerosene.
  • Noise level: Candle and battery lanterns are quieter than gas lanterns. Gas lanterns are noisy.
  • Brightness and type of light: Gas lanterns are the brightest and intensive. The amount of light from a gas lantern can be adjusted by the flame. The gas lanterns will also last longer than the candle lanterns. Battery lanterns have focused, adjustable lights, too.
  • Type of climate: Battery lanterns don't respond well in cold and freezing conditions. The batteries tend to run down faster due to the cold.
  • Safety considerations: Battery lanterns are the only safe choice to use inside your tent. Both the candle and the gas lanterns are hot and have a risk of fire. 


If you are using a gas lantern in the rain you have to be careful because the glass globe can break if a lot of water gets on it. A single mantle in a lantern gives off about 300 watts of light. Be aware that the glass globe of all gas and propane lanterns get extremely hot and can give you a serious burn.

If you are going to use candles you will have to be very careful that you do not start a fire. Rememer that the hot wax of the candle can burn you if you get it on your skin. Never leave a candle that is burning in your tent unattended and never fall asleep with a burning candle or a burning lantern in your tent.

Although battery camping lanterns do not work well in colder climates, the best lantern to use inside a tent is a battery style. Be sure the lantern you buy is weather proof. Battery lanterns display a lot of light, are convenient, safe and you can use rechargeable batteries (obviously not while on the trail). The amount of light can be adjusted and there are also flashlights that also become a lantern.  Be sure the flashlight you purchase is shock proof,waterproof, corrosion resistant and has a scratch resistant lens. Look for one that has an adjustable beam and can be free standing which frees up your hands  to do other things.These flashlights will hang right in the middle of your tent and produce enough light for your needs. Have a flashlight for each camper in your group.  You should also bring along an extra flashlight or lantern bulb. There are also LED lanterns available. LED lanterns last for a long time with 4 D batteries (almost 12 days). Battery lanterns have maximum durability compared to candle and gas lanterns.

Don't forget to learn how to maintain your camping lantern correctly because incorrect methods might damage your camping lantern and choose your camping lantern wisely.

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